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Age Space survey: practical tips to help care for ageing relatives

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our recent survey about your experience caring for an ageing relative.  From the survey results we now better understand your worries and fears;  also the practical solutions and things you are already doing, and some areas where we can provide more help. You can read more about the survey results below.  

Over 50% of you worry most days about ageing relatives

  • Nearly 80% of you spend more than 5 hours a week caring with almost half spending over 20 hours a week (35%)
  • Over 40% of you are worried about what type of care might become necessary
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  • Over a third of ageing relatives do not have a personal alarm in case of a fall at home, despite nearly half of you revealing this is what you worry about most
  • Nearly 40% do not know where your relative(s) Will is stored and over a third report that your relative(s) has not arranged a Lasting Power of Attorney (POA), or you are not sure if there is one in place.

The survey showed that more than 50% of our respondents have in place practical matters such as having a spare set of house keys, a list of medication taken, bank account details and the name of the GP. 

But the survey also revealed that some key financial and legal matters – the location of the Will and whether or not Power of Attorney is in place – are not as widely adopted, with less than half of you with knowledge of either. 

With increasing numbers of family members taking care of elderly relatives and the numbers worrying about what care might be needed, Age Space has launched “Prepare to Care” to raise awareness of the practical matters to consider and important conversations to have.

It has been designed to guide those starting to care for an elderly relative and for those who find circumstances have changed and more or different care is needed. 

Prepare to Care provides practical advice and guidance to help carers deal with their biggest concerns for their relatives which the survey revealed as loneliness, Dementia, falls and types of care that might be necessary.

Our survey amongst people already caring for a parent or relative has highlighted some of the practical matters to deal with.  With more people than ever taking on caring responsibilities it’s vital that we give them as much support as we can to help make the best decisions on all aspects of elderly care. 

Prepare to care step by step guide

  • Checklist to help tell if elderly relatives need more help at home
  • A guide to having the important conversations about care
  • Getting organized – checklist of 7 things to prepare to care
  • Diagnosis and support – why a care assessment is important
  • Preventing falls at home – home adaptations, personal alarms and other practical ways to help people stay living in their own home
  • The paperwork – Power of Attorney, writing a Will and an Advance Directive

You can download our FREE Prepare to Care step by step guide.

It can be so difficult, impossible even, to know what to do or where to turn for help caring for an elderly relative, whether you’re just starting out after an emergency, or if circumstances have changed and you need to make more decisions. This initiative – informed by our survey – will help signpost and guide people every step of the way.

Copies of the Age Space Prepare to Care checklist can be downloaded here

The survey was conducted online between 14 -23 February 2023 with 729 written responses.